Dirty Joe, the Pirate: A True Story

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The dreaded Dirty Joe and his piratical crew sail in search of the smelliest treasure ever: dirty socks! The rogues cheerfully pillage their way across the seven seas, until the day they run across another band of pirates-one led by the notorious Stinky Annie. Has Dirty Joe finally met his match?

From Grammy Award ;winning storyteller Bill Harley and bestselling illustrator Jack E. Davis comes a zany, tongue-twisting, side-splitting tale ...

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Overview

The dreaded Dirty Joe and his piratical crew sail in search of the smelliest treasure ever: dirty socks! The rogues cheerfully pillage their way across the seven seas, until the day they run across another band of pirates-one led by the notorious Stinky Annie. Has Dirty Joe finally met his match?

From Grammy Award ;winning storyteller Bill Harley and bestselling illustrator Jack E. Davis comes a zany, tongue-twisting, side-splitting tale certain to be prized by budding buccaneers!

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2- This book has everything to attract kids and tickle their funny bones-pirates, smelly socks, and, best of all, undies! In rollicking rhyme, Harley tells of a "cruel and evil man" who sails the seven seas with his crew, stealing dirty socks to hang proudly on the ship's rigging. But Dirty Joe meets his match when he comes upon Stinky Annie and her all-female crew, buccaneers who specialize in pilfering and displaying undergarments: "Boxers big and boxers small, with stripes and polka dots,/And tighty-whities hung there too, like the ones your grandpa's got." After a battle fought with swords, toasters, tennis rackets, and whatever else comes to hand, the barefoot women prevail and, in a heartfelt and humorous moment, Joe and Annie discover that they are siblings. That doesn't stop Annie from taking Joe's drawers, leading to a last-page bemoaning of the fact that older sisters hold a lifelong upper hand. Davis's balloon-headed, goofy characters are just right for the tale. The chaotic full-color pictures are jam-packed with pirates and dirty laundry. The crews, dressed in a hilarious mishmash of styles, will have readers poring over the pages to spot amusing details. Even kids who aren't pirate fans will be wooed and wowed by this rib-tickling tale.-Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha Public Library, WI

Kirkus Reviews
Avast, there! A "cruel and evil" pirate who "roamed the world and seven seas in search of dirty socks" meets his match at last. Who could that be? " ‘It's Stinky Annie,' someone said, ‘and her band of smelly varmints. / She captures every boat she can and takes their undergarments.' " A brisk battle ensues, but once they notice that their female adversaries are fighting barefoot, Dirty Joe's men lose heart, and then briefs. Joe and Stinky Annie look like woolly redheaded twins in Davis's uproarious nautical scenes, and no wonder, as they turn out to be long-separated sibs. Annie shows no mercy, though, and off Joe must go to his home near the Bay of Fundy-"He's not a pirate any more, because he has no undies." Singer/storyteller Harley (who has recorded a version of this) caps his tale with the sage observation that "If you've got an older sister, then I feel bad for you, / ‘Cause just as long as she's alive, she'll tell you what to do." Clever rhyming, plus illustrations filled with colorfully clad pirates and soiled laundry hoist the audience appeal here to the tiptop of the mast. (Picture book. 5-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780066237800
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/13/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 370,665
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Dubbed "the Mark Twain of contemporary kids' music" by Entertainment Weekly, singer, songwriter, and storyteller Bill Harley has entertained children and their parents for more than twenty years as an award-winning performer and a commentator for NPR's All Things Considered. In addition to recording many award-winning albums for kids, he is also the author of Dear Santa: The Letters of James B. Dobbins, illustrated by R. W. Alley.

Mr. Harley performs onstage around the country and lives in Massachusetts. A version of this tale appears on his Grammy Award-winning album Blah Blah Blah: Stories about Clams, Swamp Monsters, Pirates & Dogs.

Jack E. Davis has illustrated two picture books by Daniel Pinkwater: The Picture of Morty and Ray and Yo-yo Man. Other books he has illustrated include the New York Times bestseller Marsupial Sue by John Lithgow. He is a recipient of the New York Society of Illustrators Gold Medal Award for Humor. He lives and paints goofy pictures in Port Townsend, Washington.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2014

    My 7 yo daughter loves this book, and when I read it to her clas

    My 7 yo daughter loves this book, and when I read it to her classmates they all requested it the next time I came to school.  Fun to read, cute twist at the end, beautiful illustrations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2008

    KIDS (and adults) WILL LOVE THIS BOOK!

    What kid would not love pirates who steal socks and underwear! Bill Harley is the perennial kid! His body of work shows he knows what entertains kids, and his new book is no exception. The characters are hilarious, the language and rhymes are engaging, and the surprise ending leaves you laughing!

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